Dead to Her
By Sarah Pinborough
Published by Harper Collins
What it’s about?
Being the second wife can be murder . . .
“Once a cheat, always a cheat,” they say. Marcie Maddox has worked hard to get where she is after the illicit affair that started her new life a few years ago. But her world of country clubs, yachts and sumptuous houses in Savannah, Georgia, isn’t easy to maintain, no matter how hard she tries. Nor is keeping her husband, Jason, truly interested.
So, when Jason’s boss brings home a hot new wife from his trip to London, the young Mrs William Radford IV isn’t quite the souvenir everyone expected. Sexy, drop-dead gorgeous and black—Keisha quickly usurps Marcie’s place as the beautiful second wife. But when Marcie sees the extra spark in the room when Keisha and Jason are together and their obvious, magnetic attraction, the gloves come off.
Revenge is best served cold, but in the steamy Savannah heat, blood runs so hot that this summer it might just boil over into murder.
What I think:
Money doesn’t buy happiness and that is certainly true for many of the characters in this book.
Marcie Maddox has worked hard to get her position in society. Following an affair with Jason, she has seen of his ex wife and become part of Savannah society. But she has never really been accepted. She become even more when king of society and Jason’s boss, William Radford IV returns from a trip to Europe with a new wife.
The Radfords led society – country clubs, charity fundraisers and the most glamorous parties at their estate. But the death of Eleanor has left William feeling old and looking for something exciting in Europe.
Londoner Keisha is young, beauty and black. She’s married for money and to escape.her own troubles. As soon as she meets the Maddoxes Marcie feels threatened. Jason is clearly flirting and Keisha seems to be encouraging him.
Marcie decides to keep her enemies closer and befriends Keisha with some surprising results.
When William Radford dies suddenly a heart attack is the logical conclusion, but Keisha, Marcie and Jason all fall under suspicion. Past secrets and tangled relationships are revealed. But who really had a motive strong enough to kill him.
None of the characters in this book are particularly likeable. They lie, cheat, steal and manipulate each other to gain and maintain power.
There are some surprising twists along the way that I didn’t see coming at all. And the ending was interesting. Overall a good summer thriller.
About the author:
Hailing from Milton Keynes, Sarah has written more than 20 novels across a variety of genres. Her international number 1 bestseller, BEHIND HER EYES, brought widespread success. The book was a word of mouth sensation, receiving quotes and endorsements from authors such as Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and Harlan Coben. It was one of the most talked about publications of recent years, with the hashtag #WTFthatending reaching over 600 million people on social media. The book was both a hardback and a paperback number 1 bestseller in the UK.
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